Monthly Archive: September 2008

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Retail and real estate-focused exchange traded funds (ETFs) could be affected by the latest round of good news/bad news from their respective sectors. Consumer confidence in September actually made some slight gains to hit their highest reading since April, reports Lara Moscrip for CNNMoney. Economists surveyed expected the reading to fall. Even with the gains, […]

Market volatility and the precariousness of our financial institutions are making some exchange traded note (ETN) investors a little nervous. The recent failure of Lehman Brothers has highlighted the risks of ETNs, which are credit instruments. And even when salvation for a firm that has gone bust arrives, there’s no guarantee – as the in […]

Today brings to a close one of the most volatile months and quarters for exchange traded funds (ETFS) in stock market history. Several of the country’s largest financial institutions failed, some others merged and others were acquired by the government. There were a number of days that had both gains and losses in the hundreds […]

The financial sector and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) are in a pit these days. Most of them are trading 50% or more off their highs, and who knows where we’re going to go from here? The financial services industry is in uncharted water right now, and who knows what it will be like in […]

Until recently, regional bank exchange traded funds (ETFs) were the stalwarts of this whole crisis, resisting the downward motion of the general markets. But now investors fear that these banks are going to get steamrolled right along with the general global credit crisis, report Jonathan Spicer and Juan Lagorio for Reuters. Many wondered which banks […]

If we’re going solely by indicators to tell us that our exchange traded fund (ETF) and economic troubles are nearing a close, one offers a ray of hope. The Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index, otherwise known as the VIX, rose 34% yesterday. The index is considered the market’s “fear gauge,” because it tends to […]

After yesterday’s stunning plunge that left stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) nursing some heavy wounds, U.S. and global leaders pulled together to plead with lawmakers to pass a $700 billion bailout plan to save the financial system. The European and Asian economies woke up to a deepened crisis today, and the global markets ended […]

With all the news and uncertainty going on in the markets, many investors are wondering what to do with their exchange traded funds (ETFs) and their portfolios. Here are some questions that we’ve received from readers and wanted to share with all of you. Now that the Dow has suffered its largest one-day point loss […]

Investors who want to know what they own need to look no further than exchange traded funds (ETFs), something that has become increasingly apparent. After the last few tumultuous weeks we’ve had, it’s no shock that investors would like to get a closer look at what, exactly, is in their portfolio. That’s why some fund […]

Smart exchange traded fund (ETF) investors not only look for opportunities in areas that are currently moving up, but they also look for opportunities that may develop in the future, long before they’re actually here. The credit crisis and the housing bust will both eventually work themselves out, and we’re probably in the worst part […]

The Dow Jones Industrial Average posted its largest one-day loss ever, leaving few bright spots in the world of exchange traded funds (ETFs). The Dow today plunged 777 points, by far surpassing the previous record of 684.81, set in the first trading day after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, reports Tim Paradis for the […]

Consumer spending became even weaker in August as back-to-school shopping failed to deliver a boost to the sector, even though retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) managed small gains for the month. Spending was the weakest it’s been in six months as the boost from the economic stimulus package becomes just a fond memory, reports Martin […]

As the government’s $700 billion bailout plan failed to pass in the House, fear tore through Wall Street and exchange traded funds (ETFs). As the vote was shown on TV, stocks plunged as investors worried that the financial system would continue to collapse on failed mortgage debt, reports Tim Paradis for the Associated Press. Investors […]

Investors who seek their own retirement plans and or manage their own 401(k)s are increasingly choosing exchange traded funds (ETFs) as their investments of choice. Lisa Shidler for Investment News explains that self-directed accounts allow investors to buy a range of equities and other securities, which many investors find appealing. Individual participants are clamoring to […]

The bailout that many hope will be the salve to soothe volatile markets and hurting exchange traded funds (ETFs) cleared a hurdle this weekend. Lawmakers agreed to the deal, and now the vote is being put to Congress. President Bush urged for a quick approval, report Carl Hulse and David M. Herszenhorn for the New […]

It appears that no permanent reputation damage has been done in the wake of the money market fund mess that began two weeks ago, as assets are on the rebound. Last Monday, the funds added $1.5 billion; on Tuesday, they added $26.2 billion; on Wednesday, they added $19.6 billion, reports Erin Kello for Mutual Fund […]

Bond exchange traded funds (ETFs) have had a difficult time of late, as at times they’ve not traded at prices that match their underlying values – one of the main purposes of these funds. For example, on Sept. 18, one of Barclay’s bond funds closed at a price 8.4% below the underlying value of its […]

The market’s meltdown has stock, mutual fund and exchange traded fund (ETF) investors wondering where to go. Katy Marquardt for US News & World Report put the question to experts in each area. Overall, the consensus seems to be that investors should not panic. We wholeheartedly agree on this point – your emotions can be […]

While the exchange traded funds (ETFs) work to make their mark with investors and get a bigger slice of the mutual fund pie in terms of assets, fund managers don’t appear to have to be sold on them. Last year, 17 out of 20 of the largest mutual fund companies were using them last year. […]

One of the major pathways for exchange traded fund (ETF) investors to get international exposure is by investing in the MSCI Australasia Far East Index, or the EAFE. This famous benchmark dates back to 1969, and tracks 85% of the world’s developed markets besides the Americas. Eric Uhlfelder for Advisor Perspectives reports that this index […]

Canada’s status as an economically freer country than the United States could pay off for its exchange traded fund (ETF). The United States is no longer the leader of the laissez faire, as Canada has more of it, and this is before the the U.S. government nationalized most of the mortgage industry and bought the […]

The solar power industry is booming right now, and perhaps it will soon translate into success for related exchange traded funds (ETFs.) A surge in energy prices, combined with generous incentives and tax credits, has given rise to hundreds of small businesses. Most of these are contractors and installers.But some fear that these small business […]

Not long ago, Russia appeared to be standing their ground during this global credit crunch, but lately the country’s economy and exchange traded funds (ETFs) haven’t seemed quite so resilient. Many analysts back then predicted that the country’s benchmark index would grow more than 30% and top 3,000 points by the end of this year. […]

When it comes to life’s lessons, markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) in the United States may have a lot to learn from Sweden. The parallels are uncanny: a banking system in crisis after a housing bubble collapse, job losses, a government struggling to keep its country’s inhabitants strong while working to ease the crisis. […]

There seem to be few sectors and exchange traded funds (ETFs) that have managed to remain immune from the economic downturn. The latest is your local NBC affiliate. NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker says the downturn has had a “profound” effect on local television stations, but that so far, there hasn’t been a slowdown on […]

The housing market crisis and its continued effect on exchange traded funds (ETFs) isn’t over yet. KB Home (KBH) is one of the nation’s largest homebuilders, and it’s not immune from the troubles: its third-quarter loss quadrupled from one year ago. Revenue plummeted by 56%, reports Alex Veiga for the Associated Press. Unsurprisingly, the rough […]

Washington Mutual (WM), a major holding in several financial exchange traded funds (ETFs), has just joined the casualty list. JP Morgan Chase (JPM) is buying the bank’s assets for $1.9 billion after the FDIC seized the bank, reports Madlen Read for the Associated Press. WaMu is the largest bank to fail in the country’s history. […]

After a four-month slide, German consumer confidence is picking up again – but it might not be enough to help the country’s related exchange traded funds (ETFs). A forward-looking consumer climate forecast rose to 1.8% for October, up slightly from 1.6% in September, reports Patrick Mcgroarty for the Associated Press. The confidence isn’t enough to […]

Cows are known for producing milk and manure, as well as a healthy steak, but another one of their by-products is generating something else: electricity, and it might give a jolt to utilities exchange traded funds (ETFs) someday. One farm in Vermont, Green Mountain Dairy Farm, is part of a growing alternative energy program which […]

Rental real estate is presenting some true opportunity right now, and there is an exchange traded fund (ETF) to help you capitalize on this trend without actually buying the rental property. iShares FTSE NAREIT Residential Real Estate Fund (REZ) is a passive method to jump on this trend and it is also cost-efficient. The fund […]